The area went downhill until the latter part of the 20th century, when writers, photographers, actors and musicians moved in. Today, it is a gentrified enclave, with bistros, boutiques and a splendid 110-acre open space on the hill itself.
The view from the summit can be enjoyed from St Edmund's Terrace, pictured, a gated development overlooking the park, with 36 high-end flats in three pavilion buildings linked by landscaped courtyards and a glass-covered walkway.
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Built on the site of a former reservoir and clad in Portland stone and bronze, it offers open-plan contemporary interiors, underground car parking and a subterranean spa complex, with a 20-metre swimming pool and gym. Prices start at £4 million. Call 020 7861 5483.